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November 29, 2011

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November 29, 2011

I spent the day on Heaven Train with my wife and 5 year old son. We were amazed at the sense of communty the Heaven Train Brought to the area. When it pulled up the kids came running and parents brought children. Some came for the food, others for the games, but most came to loved and cared for. Several children told us that they are shunned by their local churches due to the clothing they wear and their lack of cleanliness. We met young adults who brought their younger siblings and tell stories about the Hope Heaven Train gave them. How many of them had plans after High School and felt Heaven Train was a positive influence in their lives. They also had a group with a high school home completion and tudoring information with pamphlets to hand out.

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I experienced people recieving information about how better to educate themselves as well as a meal and social interaction in a faith based and safe environment. The real success of the Heaven Train is that it is mobile and comes to the kids. We stopped in 5 different neighborhoods that day and served thousands of children.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to get a new bus with more room not only for kids but also for the activities they set up at each stop. It would be even safer for the kids if more of them could fit on the bus at once or simply be involved with activities closer to the bus.

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November 29, 2011

We have been privileged to serve with this fine organization on two different occasions. Both volunteer experiences were wonderful! We were impressed with their quality of service to the communities in which they work. Everything they do is done with excellence. The people they serve are not just numbers...they are individulas who have worth and potential. Our specific volunteer opportunities focused on the Heaventrain branch of the LIGHT House organization. It was very obvious that Heaventrain has established a pattern of faithfulness over a period of many years. The sound of the Heaventrain whistle pulling into a neighborhood signals that tender loving care is on the way. Our family would highly recommend LIGHTHouse MInistries and Heaventrain to anyone looking to make a difference by giving of their time and financial resources.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 29, 2011

I jave been involved with Heaventrain since 1982. Pastor Phil in 1982 was the Pastor of Willowlake Church Of Of The Nazarene. Willowlake Church had a bus ministry that would come into the neighborhood every Saturday to minister. At the time I was not a believer. My Wife and I would allow our children to participate in the bus ministry. To make a long story short through the bus ministry I attended one of the Sunday services February 28th 1982. Pastor Phil preach a message rergarding salvation and I was convicted and surrender my will for God wills and I have never been the same. I begin working with Heaventrain Ministry on Saturdays. Since that time God called me to preach the gospel. My wife and I relocated to Alabama in 2005. We attend and CoPastor the New Life Church Of The Nazarene in Trusville, AL. We started an ministry in the inner city ministering to those in need. All of this came about because of one man Pastor Phil who heard the voice of God and obeyed. Thank God for Pastor Phil and many like him. We love you Pastor Phil!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My life was changed because of Heaventrain Ministry.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Personal involvement

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I excepted Jesus as my Lord and my Savior.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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November 29, 2011

I have known the Director of Lighthouse, Andy Batten since 2009, as a fellow member of the Neighborhood Leadership Program at Cleveland State University. Andy had been nominated for the program because of his demonstrated passion, commitment and integrity. Leadership is critical for the success and vision of any organization. I believe that Andy Batten demonstrates the leadership and vision that will propel Lighthouse forward as it continues to reach and touch the lives of youth and families in the Greater Cleveland area...and beyond.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Youth outreach successfully helping young people become visibly more confident, with increased evidence of self-esteem, self-respect and respect for others.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Include more arts!

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November 29, 2011

Heaven Train was an important part of my youth group days. Our youth group used to go and sing and share on Saturday mornings. God used those experiences to teach me so much about God, people and who God wants us to be. I have again begun to work with Andy and am so excited about how God is using this ministry to touch lives. I cant wait to be apart of it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way I approach ministry.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none so far

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Helped me to see God in a whole new way.

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November 29, 2011
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I was first introduced to Heaventrain/ Lighthouse Inc 23 years ago. What I saw and experienced so gripped me that I have been involved with the organization for 23 years. I believe that in itself should communicate how deeply I believe in what Heaventrain is about.

First, allow me to
speak to the leadership and staff. Without exception they are some of the most devoted, hardworking, and empowering leaders I have ever encountered. Not only is this model effective in Cleveland's Central projects, it has been transfered literally around the globe. The reason for the success in transfering the model to other communities and cultures is simple: it is the organic growth that stems from a team of leaders who have poured their lives into what they do. I personally have been the recipient of their empowering philosophy and I can tell you the difference it has made for me in my profession. It has been said that we never rise above our level of leadership. If that is true, the sky is the limit for Heaventrain/ Lighthouse Inc. They have been blessed with extraordinary leaders.

Secondly, I would like to speak to the service they provide to the community. So, what is the big deal? Does what they do make any lasting difference or is it a small drop in the bucket? After serving with Lighthouse for 23 years, I can honestly say the difference I have seen has been significant -- so significant that one could accurately call it transformational. When community leaders attribute a decrease in violent crime directly to the efforts of an organization, that is transformation. When a mother of three children in Cleveland's Central Projects has a glimmer of hope in her eyes at Christmas, that is transformation. When the hungry are fed, that is transformation. When children have new coats for the first time in their life, that is transformation. When neighbors who used to hate each other begin to serve one another, that is transformation. When gang members serve as the security detail of a non profit organization, that is transformation. All of these are daily occurences for Lighthouse.

I take great pride in being associated with Lighthouse Inc. They are the real deal in a world where the real deal can be hard to find.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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November 29, 2011

As a leader of a non-profit organization in Mansfield, Ohio, I have had the privilege of meeting with Phil and Andy Batten and building a relationship with them and Lighthouse Inc.. We always look forward to being exposed to their expertise in this operation of love.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally experience the results of this organization by working with their associates for over five years.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hope that many more people would join them in their ministry.

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November 29, 2011

Though my interactions with Lighthouse Inc., has been brief I have been impressed with their professionalism and capacity to empower those that they serve. Andy and his team have incredible dreams and have the gifts to reach those goals. I have been both encouraged and inspired to share with others in my own community what Lighthouse, Inc. has been accomplishing. Lighthouse Inc., is a wonderful example of what local community group should be doing!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By participating in a workshop led by Andy and one of his board members. The way that this non-profit collects data and plan has changed the way I empirically collect information. This has then helped the organization I work to ask better questions, make better decisions and empower our community.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have no recommendations. Don’t stop what you are doing!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

The CCDA conference in Chicago.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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November 29, 2011

I am a youth pastor in Wooster, Ohio and I have taken our youth to volunteer with Heaventrain on a couple occasions. Heaventrain is an outreach of Lighthouse INC which reaches out with time, games, inspiration and food to hundreds of children in various locations all over the Cleveland area. I love the hearts of the people of Heaventrain. Just being with Heaventrain challenges us to look outside of ourselves and care for the needs of others. The excitement on the faces of the children who come to see the Heaventrain bus is unreal. Also the heart of Pastor Phil as he would speak love and lifes truths to these children with all the zeal, like he may never see them again. I think what blows me away the most is the consistancy of Heaventrain. Yes we have taken a Saturday or two out of our lives to go volunteer with them - but Heaventrain is there every Saturday, every week, every year. Thank you Heaventrain.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I really explained much of this in the question above. I have seen the impact Lighhouse is making in the excitement and faces of the hundreds of children who come to Heaventrain every Saturday. I have personally experienced the joy of our team being challenged to make a difference and help others.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any

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November 29, 2011

Volunteering at HeavenTrain was a beautiful experience. I went to serve and bless the children involved in this ministry, but the one who walked away blessed was me. We drove behind the HeavenTrain bus, and when it came and blew its whistle, young people came running from their apartments. They piled onto a bus where they sang a song about God and then they heard the message that Jesus loves them. After that, they received a hot meal, and they sat on blankets to eat it. The volunteers had the chance to sit and talk with these young people and connect with them in a meaningful way. This ministry is changing the lives of young people on so many levels-- physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Some of the changes can be seen in young people and others will manifest later in their lives. It also does a powerful heart check for all of the volunteers involved. By being there to provide and love a person in need, lives ARE changed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was a camp counselor with a young person who was part of Heaven Train. It was evident that his life and heart was changed because of what God is doing in HeavenTrain. I have also worked with several people from my church who volunteer regularly and their lives are changed by what they see happening in and around the HeavenTrain.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish it could go into every impoverished city in this country!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Nothing-- it's great!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It reminded me that taking the time to connect with people and care about them the way Jesus did can and will change lives!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great, refreshing, helpful.

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